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Old antique map of Arctic Region by Joan Blaeu

Item number:27008
Category:Antique maps > world and polar regions
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Regiones sub Polo Arctico. - Joan Blaeu, 1664.

Old, antique map of the North Pole, by Joan Blaeu.

Dedicated to Guilielmus Backer de Cornelis, by Joan Blaeu.

Date of the first edition: 1640
Date of this map: 1664-65

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 41 x 53cm (16 x 20.7 inches)
Verso text: Dutch
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 2, 0020:2.2; Burden, 252.1.

From: J. Blaeus Grooten Atlas, oft Werelt- Beschryving, in welcke 't Aerdryck, de Zee, en Hemel, wort vertoont en beschreven. Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1664-65. (Van der Krogt 2, 621)

In its day this map was the most up-to-date map of the North Pole region available. To the left we see the discoveries of captain Thomas James of Bristol along the southern and western shores of the Hudson Bay during his expedition of 1631/32 (with, among others, "James his Bay"). Spitsbergen is drawn as it was known after the Danish expeditions of 1605-1607.

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